This morning I woke up with a sore throat and lots of disgusting congestion. I typically get one serious cold when the weather changes, so I suppose this is it. As I stirred in my bed, not wanting to get up and make the donuts today, I thought about how moms really don’t get a break when they don’t feel well. I can’t remember the last time I spent the day sick in bed. It’s been years. Why? Because it really isn’t permitted as a mother. There are still things to be done.
Here’s my Top 10 List of Ways To Earn Your SuperMom Wings (David Letterman style…)
10. Go to Hersheypark, even though you hate petrifying rides, and sit through the Tap Dance show twice.
9. Sit in the freezing cold, on a Friday night, with seven blankets on you, and watch your son’s three-hour, never-ending, extra-innings baseball game.
8. Take your kids to Dave & Buster’s when you have a migraine headache.
7. Make your family a chicken dinner, one so elaborate that by the time you’re done making it, you want to eat something else entirely.
6. When you find a pair of underwear stuffed behind the couch in the basement for the twentieth time, smile and say, “Oh, those kids.”
5. Take your kids shopping at the Abercrombie store where you can’t hear them shouting to you from the dressing room because the pounding music is so loud.
4. Drive your kid back to school at 5:30 p.m. after you’ve just gotten home from work and beg the assistant principal to let him go to his locker to retrieve his eyeglasses.
3. Listen to your daughter’s incessant rambling about a hamster that she may never get when you cleverly wagered with her to earn straight As to have one.
2. Listen to your daughter’s incessant rambling about what you will name said hamster that she may never get when you cleverly wagered with her to earn straight As to have one.
1. Go to work, pick up kids, go the grocery store, pick up the dry cleaning, make dinner, help with homework, pay the bills, fill out school forms, and generally be in good spirits when you’re sick and all you want to do is crawl under the covers for a day of cheerful, fairy tale-ish, sentimental Hallmark movies.